Tuesday, 17 February 2009

How many more serious voices will it take?

There are on the political left many naive but well meaning souls who simply can't understand all the fuss about civil liberties. Suckled at the teats of the State, the belief that it's fine for the State to use any degree of power because it's for our own good is in their bones. So far they've dismissed a vast national groundswell of disquiet as 'crankish' or the concerns of the 'tinfoil cap brigade'.

Today the ex-head of MI5 condemns Labour's intrusive State and the news leads the BBC's broadcasts.

The International Committee of Jurists has also just condemned the application of terror laws in the UK and the US.

And the House of Lords published a considered and well-reasoned opinion that damned Labour's Surveillance State.

How many more serious voices will it take before those naive do-gooders on the left who deny that there's anything to worry about actually start to use their little grey cells?

The tinfoil-cap brigade are no longer those who condemn our country's transformation into a Police State, but those who continue to deny it.


Chris said...

They'll *never* admit that they're wrong, any more than the elite of the Soviet Union did. They'd sooner see the country in ruins than hear us laughing that the statist emperor has no clothes.

To admit even the possibility of error would be to tantamount to whipping away the curtain, and showing the Great And Powerful Socialist OZ for the nasty little student politician he really is.

wonderfulforhisage said...

Tinfoil cap brigade???

wonderfulforhisage said...

Forget the tin foil had question. I've just googled it and found it means paranoia.

Anonymous said...

I hate to rain on your parade, but from where I'm sitting - and a read a lot of newspapers and blogs - the "vast national groundswell of disquiet" is so un-vast as to be completely invisible.

The unfortunate fact is that even at the late stage we have now reached, almost nobody seems to care.

Bread and circuses have done their worst, as they so often do.

Blue Eyes said...

A lot of people don't care. I know lots of people who are in favour of ID cards because they have bought the spin about it cutting down on immigration.

The Tories and LibDems are weak on terror, only Labour tyranny can keep you safe.

it's either banned or compulsory said...

Blue Eyes, lots of people have bought into lots of things, like 'energy saving lightbulbs' in which con the supermarkets have conived.
I have a stock of proper bulbs which should last a few years ( no, they will not be going on e-bay).

Anonymous said...

@it's either banned...:

And your point is?

it's either banned or compulsory said...
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it's either banned or compulsory said...

My point is that far too many people have bought in to most of the governments mad schemes, usually literally by being 'bought'. Lightbulbs, people really do think it's about saving them money.

Same applies to Working Family Tax Credits which far too many people see as some sort of government handout for which they are duly grateful and would not wish to lose. The Government are currently having a go at the unemployed who drink 'too much'; how long before they start on those in receipt of WFTC ?